Mansion has projects for young builders

DeKALB – Ellwood House will celebrate architecture and young builders in April with a Box City project. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, builders of all ages will gather in the Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St., to build structures with boxes, paper, tape, markers and recycled materials. Materials will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per child.

In addition, LEGO fans 6 and older can enter a LEGO building inspired by a structure in DeKalb County in the Ellwood House LEGO contest. The buildings will be on exhibit from April 6 through April 18 in the second-floor gallery. Entries can be very creative, but they must be a building. Entry forms can be downloaded from or picked up in the Visitor Center. The cost to enter a LEGO project for the exhibit is $5. Age categories are 5-8, 9-12 and 13+. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Entry form and fee must be submitted by March 31, with the LEGO buildings delivered to the museum between April 3 and April 5.

Join Ellwood House in taking a closer look at the buildings that make up our community through these two architecture and design projects. This Ellwood Explorers event is partially funded by the Cy Miller Foundation. For more information, contact Rebecca Nickels at 815-756-4609 or

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